The Guardian reports that Britain has fallen again in the international league of most competitive economies:
"The Conservatives attacked Gordon Brown's economic record last night after a new survey showed Britain had slipped down international rankings on economies' competitiveness.
The World Economic Forum's annual global report put Britain in ninth place in the world league for overall competitiveness, down from second place last year.
Shadow chancellor George Osborne said: "This report makes grim reading for anyone who cares about Britain's ability to compete in the face of the new economic revolution. As we become less competitive and not such a good place to do business, Britain is paying the long-term price for a decade of Labour government."
Gordon Brown likes to pretend that the economy is his strongest card but, in reality, Britain has grown more slowly over the last ten years than all other English-speaking nations. Mr Brown has not used ten years of economic growth to prepare Britain for leaner times. In good times economic dependency should fall but under Brown it has risen. Our transport infrastructure has not been renewed. Billions have been wasted in the public sector with productivity rates falling in most key services.